what to do when you have water damage

What To Do When You Have Water Damage

water damage restoration williamsburgIn a well-functioning facility, most people don’t think about the role water plays. But when water invades your home or office, whether it’s from a plumbing problem, a flood, or your upstairs neighbors’ overflowing bathtub, water damage can range from troublesome to devastating. Here at Steamatic of VA Peninsula, we’ve put together some tips on how to address restoration after water damage in Virginia.

Stop the Water

Once you’ve realized that there’s water coming in, the first step is to try to avoid further damage. If you can locate the source of the problem, you’ll have an easier time stopping the water. For example, if you have a leak in the ceiling, put a bucket under it. If it’s coming in from outside, try to block more from seeping in. If it’s a leaky pipe, you may need to shut off the main water line to the whole building.

Turn Off the Power

As you well know, water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Turn off your power as soon as possible, either by turning off the circuit to a localized area or the main power line, depending on how confined the leaking water is.

Call Your Insurance Company

Let your flood insurance and/or homeowners insurance company know about your water damage in a timely manner so they can come out and assess the damage. In the meantime, you can begin cleaning up and drying out. Make sure that you take plenty of photos of all damaged property and belongings and any repairs or improvements you make.

Get Dry

Remove water and wet items as soon as possible, ideally within a day or two, since mold and mildew will grow quickly. Wear protective clothing if you plan to do it yourself, and call for help from a remediation service or plumber if you need it.

First, get rid of any standing water with plastic containers or buckets. You can also use a mop or wet vacuum and then a dehumidifier or floor fan. Next, decide which of your possessions can be rescued and which will get tossed. Salvage, dry out, and clean what you can, and throw away the rest. You may also need to remove things like carpets, furniture, drywall, and insulation. You’ll want to cut holes in the walls to let them drain and dry as well.

Make Repairs

It can take days to weeks for your home or business to fully dry out. Things like rugs or upholstery can be cleaned almost immediately (you may need professional assistance), but wait until all humidity is gone before you begin major or structural repairs. The amount of repairs depends on the level of water damage. In severe cases, such as after a flood, you may need to rip out and replace the walls, flooring, and even subflooring. Beware of mold growth and learn the proper techniques to avoid and remove it, or call a mold removal specialist. 

Water damage can strike unexpectedly, but if you’re prepared for it and have the reliable help of professionals from Steamatic of VA Peninsula, you’ll be dried out in no time.

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